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Maps and atlases in Newman Library

  • Historical maps and collections

    Map (paper) collection
    We have a small collection of historical maps covering the state of Virginia, other states and some foreign countries housed in the Map/Atlas Section located on the first floor of Newman Library.
    Special Collections
    Original historic maps are located in Special Collections on the first floor of Newman Library. A Guide to the Map Collection in the Special Collections Department, inventories the collection. This guide lists and describes United States maps in Special Collections of the University Libraries, Virginia Tech. Many of the maps listed here date from the nineteenth century and earlier. Many are rare, and in the case of manuscript maps, some are unique. High-quality reproductions of rare maps and bird's-eye views of cities are also included. University Libraries Digital Library and Archives has digitized and made available several map collections in the Special Collections Department. Civil War Maps is a collection of maps that reflect planning, location of armies, and battles during the Civil War, 1861-1865. And the Historical Maps collection consist of Images of maps from the Historical Map Collection include Virginia Tech campus, Virginia, United States, and world maps.
  • Maps and atlases

    The map collection at Virginia Tech, the largest in the State outside of the Washington, D.C. area, is divided into two primary collections. Original historic maps are located in Special Collections on the first floor of Newman Library. A Guide to the Map Collection in the Special Collections Department, inventories the collection. The majority of maps are housed in the maps section on the first floor of Newman Library.

    Topographic coverage of the U.S. and foreign areas produced by the U.S. Geological Survey, Defense Mapping Agency, Australian National Mapping Agency and others form the backbone of the collection. Other important map series include maps of the Census Bureau, CIA, National Geographic Society, National Forest Service and the National Park Service. The collection is rounded out by an extensive collection of state and city road maps, raised relief maps, reproductions of historic maps and views, and nautical and aeronautical charts.

    Several digital mapping resources are available. Software and data for map creation, such as ArcView (for Arc Info formatted data files), LandView (for TigerLine and other U.S. government data files) and Map Expert (for roadmaps of the U.S.), are located in Port, Torgersen 3300. Additional digital mapping resources can be found on the Maps, GIS, and cartographic data page.



Maps Librarian

GIS specialist

  • Ed Brooks
  • GIS Specialist
  • 540-231-9225
  • gisdata@vt.edu
  • Newman Library room 2030
    560 Drillfield Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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